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How does discriminatory policing affect us?

  • Jacob in Brooklyn, NY said: While riding the B69 bus a few weeks ago, I overheard three African-American teens discuss the fact that they took the bus and subway even for short trips, to avoid being stopped and frisked. That so many kids fear the overreach of our city's police force should alarm all of us.

  • Nishell in Yonkers, NY said: I live in Harlem with my boyfriend, along with his roommate from Senegal. His roommate is black, and has been stopped and frisked multiple times and arrested once for having a small amount of weed on him. My boyfriend and I are white, and have never been stopped and frisked while out together. However, my boyfriend was stopped and searched by police while hanging out with his roommate in Times Square. Neither of them had anything on them. I am convinced there is subtle racism at play here, as my boyfriend's roommate is from Senegal and had no prior issues with the law before coming to America.

  • Esther in New York, NY said: Two plain clothes officers were cuffing a teenage boy on the train platform when I arrived. He was face down. They searched his pockets and backpack and I heard them asking each other if they had seen him holding a knife. They didn't find one. One of the officers saw people watching and put on his badge. They asked the boy to roll over onto his back, and he did and then stood up, and they led him away.